Chapter LXXXI: The John Kerry Chapter. Of course, taking action like this lost him the election and gave us four more years of George Bush. Ok, I jest. But oftentimes, in a system of collaboration and negotiation, eloquent words can both be true and important in achieving positive change.
I do see the point, however. If you are truly wise and comfortable in your own skin, there is no reason for bombast. You will know what’s right and what’s not. You will be able to have people turn to you as an expert because you will just have that air of knowledge about you. Clearly, this chapter shows the culture of China millennia ago, and so is not quite as relevant for the US as a more individualistic society, but some truths are always pertinent.
True words aren’t eloquent;
eloquent words aren’t true.
Wise men don’t need to prove their point;
men who need to prove their point aren’t wise.
The Master has no possessions.
The more he does for others,
the happier he is.
The more he gives to others,
the wealthier he is.
The Tao nourishes by not forcing.
By not dominating, the Master leads.